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DL1EAL Germany flag Germany

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DOK R04

Hello,

I've been a Ham since 1978. I'm active on the HF bands only, from 160m up to 10m.

 

Other callsigns activated:

LX/DL1EAL 19-May until 21-May 1989 144 MHz DXpedition to Luxemburg
W9/DL1EAL 06-Jun-1989 until 30-Mar-1990, Burns Harbor, IN, USA
F/DL1EAL 11-Jul-1993, 144 MHz DXpedition to Grand Ballon Mountain, Loc. JN37NW, 1360 m asl (nr. Mulhouse, France)
CT/DL1EAL 29-May until 05-Jun-2005 Tavira, Portugal
PA/DL1EAL, Texel Island (EU-038), The Netherlands:
28-May until 06-Jun-2007, 13-Apr until 22-Apr-2008, 12-Sep until 23-Sep-2010, 24-Sep until 29-Sep-2011, 04-May until 16-May-2013

Photo: Sunset behind the Windmill near the village Oost at the east coast of Texel

 

Another PA/DL1EAL DXpedition to Texel Island (IOTA EU-038) is planned in late spring 2017. The exact dates are not yet determined.

 

QSL Policy for PA/DL1EAL:
QSLs go via my home call, either via bureau (which may last a year or two until you receive mine) or direct to my home address as stored here in QRZ.com. Return QSLs (photo cards as displayed above) will be sent direct, if you provide a SAE (self-addressed envelope) and one IRC or sufficient funds to finance postage. For Europe and DX that is 1 US-Dollar or 1 Euro. If insufficient postage or no SAE is provided, the return card goes via bureau.

You may also simply request a QSL card, you don't need to send me yours (I'm not collecting cards for PA/DL1EAL). Just drop me an email with the QSO data, and I'll send a card for you via bureau.

There are also accounts for PA/DL1EAL set up on eQSL.cc and on the LoTW, so if you want to confirm electronically, feel free to do so.

 

Current home station equipment:

Since 01-Apr-2012:
TRX: Kenwood TS-590S / 100 W
Ant: End fed Random Wire 18 meters with MFJ-993BRT remote controlled ATU at the feed point outdoor

Since December 2014 a new toy has become part of the radio equipment: an Elecraft KX3 QRP transceiver.

Preferred modes of operation: CW and all digital modes (PSK, RTTY etc.), and occasionally SSB and SSTV.

Special interest: Working on the DXCC Challenge and 5 Band-WAZ. Current standing of confirmed active DXCC entities (mixed mode), as of 04-Apr-2016:

Band

Points

 

Band

Points

160m 51   80m 109
40m 209   30m 200
20m 232   17m 125
15m 226   12m 107
10m 164   OSCAR 24

DXCC mixed modes total: 291 points (still far away from the Honor Roll).
DXCC CW mode total: 285 points / Phone: 186 / Digital: 159

Latest new DXCC Point #290 was FT4JA (Juan de Nova), activated by a group of French and Spanish hams for 2 weeks in late March / early April 2016. With a lot of patience I made it into their log on just one band, 12m CW. Most of the time their signal was just a little over the noise level, but this time on 12m propagation was exceptionally good.

And: another all-time new one (#291, the second one this year, wow!) was A25UK in Botswana, which was activated by five OMs from the United Kingdom mid of April 2016. Yes, Botswana was the last country on the African continent, which was missing in my DXCC score list (a few AF Island still needed).

I'm also happy I worked VK0EK Heard Island once again on a new band (30 m), although I already have QSL from VK0CW for a QSO long ago on 40 m back in 1983.

These old days, working a DXpedition was a lot easier than now. Maybe it took an hour or sometimes even two, then you got your "599" report. Today, you are in combat with thousands of big guns who are trying to work the DX on every mode and band, just to be on top of the Club Log leaderboards and / or collect points for the DXCC Challenge. Pile-ups sometimes are 20 kHz wide in CW or 50 kHz in SSB, hundreds of stations calling at the same time, and chances to be heard by the DXpedition are lower than winning the lottery jackpot.

OK, I shall think positive and remember successes in the past:

As of August 23, 2011, I am a proud owner of 5-Band-DXCC certificate #7080! Took me more than 30 years of more or less active radio operations to achieve this award, and I emphasize, I never used more than 100 Watts output power! Look at it:

This certificate was a really expensive piece of paper. Not only a good 250 dollars in return postage for direct QSLs, but also the 120 dollars in fees which the ARRL charged for certificate print, application processing, LoTW credits and shipping. Well, who cares? You do this only once in your lifetime, and after all, it's a nice-to-have for displaying on the wall of the radio shack!

The 80m band turned out to be a real challenge for me, due to the limited antenna. Real DX QSOs seem to be possible only if the DX station has an exceptionally good antenna for 80m. I even do not have confirmation for all European countries on 80m. Out of Europe, I still need the following:
JX (Jan Mayen), Z6 (Kosova), and of course SV/A (Mount Athos)

A word about the QRZ.com Logbook: as I have active accounts at eQSL and Logbook of the World, which I update regularly, I find this is sufficient in terms of electronic QSO recording. Therefore I will not make use of the QRZ.com Logbook. That means, I will not check nor will I confirm any records placed into the logbook. So save your time...

Other hobbies: Digital photography, computer hardware and software, and walking, or better: running the dog. On my QSL card, that's our boy Jack Russell Terrier "Hennes", passed away 15-May-2009. May he keep on digging in dogs' heaven! He will live on in my memory forever.

 

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